Facebook is Shit

So over the last six months or so I’ve experienced a sour realisation. It took me a while to come to terms with it, but I think I can finally sensibly express what I’ve discovered: Facebook, the increasingly omnipresent social wünderkind that I so loved during my University years is now, in 2012, shit.

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Your First Django Heroku App

I few weeks ago I decided to rewrite an old PHP site in Python + Django, and settled on hosting it on Heroku, as I didn't have time to go through the rigmarole of setting up my own VPS just to demo the site. Heroku is a fantastic platform for app hosting but there are a few gotchas that I ran into on the way which I thought I'd share.

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On Certifications

I’m in the process of changing jobs at the moment, and have been struck by the difficulties inherent in trying to quantify experience and skill in people moving between companies in the web development sector.

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Book Review: "Designing with Web Standards" (1st Edition)

I've been making a conscious effort to read more "industry literature" lately, in as much as I've started seeking out books on web/software development and design that I feel, as a supposed pro, I ought to have read (possibly some time ago).

This endeavour eventually brought me to Jeffrey Zeldman's Designing with Web Standards, which I'd never actually read despite it being revered as the book for anyone remotely serious about web design. Feeling nought but dust in my pockets, I hunted out a second-hand copy on the Amazon Marketplace, which I found for the princely sum of £0.01 plus postage. How do they do it?

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Introducing tweetvaultHQ

So I thought it was about time I wrote about my latest project: tweetvaultHQ. It launched a couple of weeks ago, and now things have settled down I've got time to write a bit about it and what the launch was like.

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